IPL Auction is just two days away and most of the teams are in their last stage of planning and scouting.
The final IPL Auction room strategies being made and a list of players to go for or not go for are being finalized. Let’s look into certain concern areas for each of the teams.
Chennai Super Kings
Defending champions Chennai Super Kings has retained 22 of their 25-man squad and the only big name released by them is Mark Wood, who played only a few matches last season. CSK has a stable unit and most of the bases are covered for them. However, one area they may have some concern would be their spin department. With Harbhajan Singh not performing up to the mark they would like to have cover for their premier spinner Ravindra Jadeja. They can go for Varun Chakravarthy, one of the findings from TNPL 2018, a mystery spinner who picked 9 wickets and bowled with an economy rate of 4.70. The other option would be to go for Axar Patel, to cover for Jadeja, who has performed a similar role for national team also.
Sunrisers have a very strong bowling attack with Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, and Khaleel Ahmed to take care of the seam bowling and Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan to cover the spin bowling requirement. The area for concern for SRH would be top order batting as they have treaded Shikhar Dhawan to Delhi and David Warner will come back after a lengthy ban. Hence the players like Darcy Short, Brendon McCullum, and Martin Guptill should be in the top of their shopping list. They can also go for Yuvraj Singh who has represented them earlier, although there are lingering doubts about his form and fitness.
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR has retained only 3 overseas players, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, and Sunil Narine, the big guns for their team and release all the overseas fast bowling options like Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson and Tom Curran. Although KKR has 3 very promising fast bowlers in Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, and Kamlesh Nagarkoti, all three are relatively inexperienced and will require a good fast bowling leader either from India or overseas. From India, possible options could be Mohammed Shami or Jaydev Unadkat, both of them had Eden Gardens as their home ground in Ranji and IPL respectively. KKR can also go for overseas options like Chris Woakes, Sam Curran and Chris Jordan. Since KKR has 5 overseas spots left they may also go for some overseas big hitters like Glen Maxwell, Brendon McCullum or Corey Anderson to some firepower in the middle order.
Coming back after a two-year absence Royals performed admirably in the last IPL and qualified for the knockouts. They have a good mix of Indian and overseas stars and have two match winners in Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer. However, they would like to have a good support for Buttler in the top as both Darcy Short and Rahul Tripathi was not very consistent. Although Tripathi is retained they can add more options like Manan Vohra or young Anmolpreet Singh who is in great form in the ongoing Ranji season. For overseas options, they can look for Shaun Marsh who had some great knocks in IPL in past years.